PEDESTRIANS can feel safer when using underpasses, with the City of Joondalup installing improved lighting.
Having identified the Collier Pass pedestrian underpass in the city centre as a hot spot for antisocial behaviour, City officers met with police to discuss the issue.
Police suggested installing brighter lighting to allow for greater visibility through the entire underpass area.
The City has since installed LED lighting, which has increased brightness while reducing energy consumption by about 70 per cent.
Another four underpasses were retrofitted with Luminaire LED lighting last financial year and another six were listed for works in 2017-18.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the initiative was an example of the close working relationship between the City and WA Police.
“The City and WA Police regularly meet to share information on any suspicious activity in the local area and the issue of antisocial behaviour at the Collier Pass pedestrian underpass was brought to our attention,” he said.
“The City worked on upgrades to lighting at this location and the success of this initiative saw us explore the potential of retrofitting lighting at more underpasses.
“Currently the City maintains 18 pedestrian underpasses, meaning over half of them will be retrofitted with the upgraded lighting by mid- 2018.”
As well as Collier Pass, works have been completed at underpasses at Selkirk Drive and Burns Beach Road in Kinross, Marmion Avenue leading to Iluka Open Space and Currambine Central Shopping Centre, Connolly Drive between Pilgrim and Fairmont places in Currambine and Kingsley Drive in Kingsley.
Listed for works are Connolly Drive between Brunel Court and Tryal Place in Currambine, Moore Drive in Joondalup, and Marmion Avenue and Hodges Drive in Connolly.